COLT ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2016

10/5/2016

Class Features Longtime Tennis Coach, Standout Basketball Players, Champion Wrestler, Noted College Administrator

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- A pair of outstanding basketball players, a two-time regional champion wrestler and a longtime tennis coach join one of the College’s most notable administrators in the SUNY Orange Colt Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016, set to be inducted at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown.

The five members of the Colt Athletic Hall of Fame’s fifth induction class are Frank Carrozza ’67, Matt Dillon ’87, Sam Markovits, Jack McMahon and Dana O’Neill ’91. This year’s quintet represents the sports of wrestling, baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball.

“What impresses me about this year’s induction class is the depth and breadth of its impact on both our community and our athletic history,” said Wayne Smith, SUNY Orange athletic director. “Dana and Matt had remarkable basketball careers while Sam guided our tennis teams for over 20 years while also teaching business courses.

“Frank was a great wrestler at the College who has inspired and mentored generations of young men and women in the Minisink Valley area. Jack’s association with the College goes back our earliest days, and he’s been among the most influential people in our college and local communities for decades.”

The induction ceremony will be part of the College’s two-day Homecoming and Reunion Weekend that kicks off with an alumni cocktail reception on Friday, Nov. 11. For more information, contact Mary Roth, alumni relations coordinator, at (845) 341-4179. Tickets for the Hall of Fame induction are $15 and can be purchased online via the College’s web site (link is https://www.sunyorange.edu/alumni/registration).

At SUNY Orange, Carrozza was a standout for coach Don Weber, capturing Region XV titles in both 1966 and 1967 while going unbeaten in 1967. He won the West Point plebe tournament in 1966, and captured an individual crown and Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at the MIT Tournament in 1967. During the 1968 season at West Chester State College, Carrozza won the Middle Atlantic Conference championship and earned All-American honors following a third-place finish at the national tournament.

Considered “The Father of Minisink Wrestling,” Carrozza has been involved in wrestling since the seventh grade. Carrozza coached the Minisink Valley wrestling team from 1969 through 1974, leading the squad to an 80-12-4 record. His teams generated three New York State place winners, four Section Nine champions and 24 OCIAA champions. For more than 40 years, Carrozza served as a physical education teacher at Minisink while also holding the title of athletic director.

Dillon attended SUNY Orange from 1985-1987 playing basketball and baseball. He scored more than 1,000 points during his career. As a freshman, he led the nation with 17.6 rebounds a game. His sophomore year he averaged 21.9 points and 9.8 rebounds a game. Dillon continued his playing career at Bridgeport University and later returned to SUNY Orange as an assistant coach in 1997. He worked his way up the coaching ranks, spending time at East Stroudsburg, Bridgeport and Post University. He ultimately landed an assistant coaching job at Niagara University in 2002 and helped the school reach the NCAA Tournament in 2005.

Markovits joined the SUNY Orange business faculty in 1981 and immediately assumed the role as head coach of the men’s tennis team. He served in that capacity for 30 seasons, amassing an overall record of 135-133. He began coaching the women’s team in 1986 and carved a sparkling record of 108-70 over the 25 seasons before stepping down in 2010.

His men’s team advanced to the national tournament twice (2003 and 2006) while he led the women’s team to the national tournament seven times (1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005). He mentored three doubles team to national titles while coaching Laura Gabella to a national singles title in 2001. In 2006, after guiding the Colts’ men’s team to a Region XV title, Markovits was selected as regional “Coach of the Year.”

Few names are more synonymous with Orange County Community College than that of McMahon. From his days as a student at the College through his time on the school’s administrative staff to tours with the Alumni Association and Board of Trustees, McMahon has devoted boundless energy and unwavering commitment to the advancement of the College. McMahon earned degrees from Orange County Community College in 1953 and Hamilton College in 1955.

After working as a newspaper reporter-photographer for the Middletown Times Herald and a public relations executive in New York City, he returned to the College in 1965 as its first public information officer. He remained at the College until 1983, when he left to become assistant to the president of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc.

McMahon was appointed to Orange County Community College’s Board of Trustees in 1984. He subsequently became the first alumnus elected to chair the Board, and served five terms as chairman before retiring as a trustee in 2005. He was co-chair of the college’s highly successful Cornerstone capital campaign from 1992-94 and chaired Orange County Community College’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2000-01.

O’Neill graduated from Middletown High School in 1989 and was a student at SUNY Orange from 1989 to 1991. She played volleyball, basketball and softball during her freshman year. O’Neill led the Colts women’s basketball team to a Region XV championship and the NJCAA national tournament in Tyler Texas. She was named Region XV “Most Valuable Player” in 1990.

During her sophomore year, O’Neill again led the basketball team to a regional crown and the NJCAA tournament. She averaged 17.2 ppg, 13 rpg. and 3.5 blocks per game. She went on to play basketball and volleyball at Wagner University on a full athletic scholarship. In 1997, O’Neill returned to SUNY Orange to coach the volleyball team, guiding the Colts to a 25-3 record and the regional championship. That year she was also named Region XV “Coach of the Year.”

The primary goal of the Colt Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize those individuals, who by outstanding achievement in athletics or service to the College, have made lasting contributions to the sports program. While athletic achievement is the primary qualifier for eligibility, the character of the nominee and their contributions to the institution and the community were also considered.

Annually, the selection committee may elect to present honorary Hall of Fame Awards to those individuals who have distinguished themselves through exemplary service and commitment to the SUNY Orange Athletic Department. The committee also reviews contributions and achievements of past SUNY Orange athletic teams and can choose to present Hall of Fame Team Awards. Athletes and administrators may be nominated for the Hall of Fame at any time throughout the year. Alumni and friends of the College may submit athletes for consideration, but athletes are also able to nominate themselves if they choose to do so.

The inductees were chosen by a nine-member selection committee that represented the following areas of the College: athletic director (Smith); administrator (Mike Albright, communications officer); faculty member (Ann Marie Boffalo, movement science professor); former coach (Gary Dross); student athlete (Jared Bulson, baseball); Athletic Advisory Committee member (Anthony Scalia, academic advisor and retention specialist), alumnus (Daryl Williams ’93, home events and sports information coordinator); current coach (John Lauro, women’s basketball) and existing Hall of Fame member (Stacey Morris, HOF ’15).

The Colt Athletic Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 2012 included Charles J. Cawein ’52, Chris G. Chachis, Mary B. Diana, Glen M. McGinnis ’55, Marie A. Piccone ’63, Chris Schmid ’54, James Stanfield ’59, Art Stegen ’66, Linda Tjepkema ’76 and Gary Ventimiglia ’71. The Class of 2013 was comprised of Walter Cawein ’57, Susan Deer ’71, Lois Hayes ’79, Richard E. Morse ’58, Achilles J. “Kelly” Rossi ’53 and John Scanlan. The Class of 2014 included David Brownbill ’67, Yogi Davis ’71, Donna Frazier ’93, Bob Heins ’71 and Theresa Rickard ’76. The Class of 2015 featured John Basalyga ’70, Sherry Morris ’89, Stacey Morris ’89, Paul Rickard and John Sileno ’66.


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